On Friday, May 6, 2022, over 100 Southern Pines Elementary students gathered in the school’s outdoor amphitheater to participate in the Pet Responsibility Program’s celebratory Assembly.
The students showed their knowledge of “How to help solve the Sad Problem of Overpopulation in Moore County” by enthusiastic responses to questions asked by PRC volunteer, Bill Russell.
The PRC’s mascot, Speuter, was on hand to greet the students and explain the meaning of his name. Speuter also read a poem about a pup that was rescued and taken care of by a young lad.
Southern Pines Police Officer Stevenson and his K9 partner, Ivy, were the special guests for the occasion. They demonstrated their teamwork and some fun commands or tricks. Officer Stevenson then took questions from students about his work as a police officer and a K9 officer. K9 Ivy showed her skill at finding illegal substances hidden in a locked case, among some backpacks.
Star Artist awards were given to several students for creative illustrations on paper bags that were donated to the Sandhills Spay Neuter Veterinary Clinic dispensing medications to pet owners. The winners were I’Reign, Avery, Rylee, Channing, Brooke, Ava, Jordyn W., Adlynn K. And Landon B. Their illustrations can be seen I the slideshow below.
All the students entered a writing contest illustrating the importance of spaying & neutering pets to control Pet Overpopulation. Many of the winners had pets that were already fixed. They donated their vouchers back to the PRC to be used for another pet in need. Winners were Sydney T., Esau M., A’lana C., Henry J., Anicka M., Lailah G., Emma D., and Dawson G. Dexter L. asked that his award be donated to “It Takes A Village Rescue” in Sanford, NC. A representative from the Rescue was on hand to express their gratitude for his donation. Emily R. donated her award to local resident Linda Mizzell, who had adopted Holly, a rescued Dachshund.
The Promise poster was read and students replied with “I Promise” to signify their agreement to be responsible pet owners. Students will have the opportunity to sign the poster & it will be displayed in the school for all visitors to see.
We’re excited to have SPE’s 2022 4th graders as new Animal Advocates!